- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Lexile Measure: 0480 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (September 13, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399172580
- ISBN-13: 978-0399172588
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreS-Gr 2—Based on the real childhood experiences of fashion model Georgie Badiel in Burkina Faso, this offering tells one child's story in an unspecified African locale. Princess Gie Gie tries to rule over her domain. She tames wild dogs with a song, makes tall grass dance when she dances, and plays hide-and-seek with the wind. However, try as she might, she can't draw clean water any closer to her home. Instead, the girl and her mother must make a long trek to gather water from the well with the rest of the women. They try to fill their time with music, imagination, and laughter, but the hardship and physical effort are palpable. Despite the daily struggles to get water, Princess Gie Gie never gives up looking for a solution. "I am Princess Gie Gie. My Kingdom? The African sky. The dusty earth. And, someday, the flowing, cool, crystal-clear water. Someday…." Perhaps, someday has now arrived. Badiel is helping to raise awareness and funds to bring clean drinking water to the people of Burkina Faso and other countries in Africa. While the text is informative and poetic, it is the imagery that will stick with readers. Reynolds's evocative watercolor, gouache, and digital ink paintings capture the glow of the hot sun, sparkle in the night sky, and will transport children to Princess Gie Gie's imagined kingdom. Kids will have to look to the author note and elsewhere for more specifics and possible solutions. VERDICT A lovely picture book, filled with messages of perseverance and hope.—Megan Egbert, Meridian Library District, ID
Praise for The Water Princess:
An ALA Notable Children’s Book – 2017
Amazon Best Book of September – Ages 6-8
“[T]his timely and well-crafted story will educate readers on the preciousness of potable water.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A lovely picture book, filled with messages of perseverance and hope.”—School Library Journal
“A stirring, thought-provoking story… Verde's poetic language reflects the length and difficulty of Gie Gie and her mother's trek, along with the positive spirit the girl brings to the task.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fashion Week’s most inspiring story.”—New York Post
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